Natural and Healthy Pregnancy at Sleigh Family Chiropractic | Chiropractor in Arlington Heights, IL
Hi, I’m Dr. Katie Sleigh. And today we’re going to be talking about how Sleigh Family Chiropractic can help you throughout your pregnancy.
Your Pregnancy Consultation and Exam
The first thing that we do whenever a patient comes into the office is a thorough consultation. So the things that we’re going to want to find out are, what are your goals? And why? Why did you pick our office? And what what do you hope to get from your treatment here. So, especially when it comes to pregnancy, we have a wide variety of life, why patients find us so some are here for pain relief, some are here to ensure proper positioning of baby, some are here because they want a healthy and normal pregnancy. So our goal in that consultation is to determine exactly what your goals are. And then from there, we’re going to recommend an evaluation based on what you’re looking for. So the foundation of what chiropractors look for what we look for in this office is appear on the poster. So whether you’re pregnant or not, this poster applies. So what we’re going to be looking for are what we call subluxations. So what that is, is that’s an area on the spine, the bread block up there, that’s putting pressure on the nerve because it’s either not aligned properly, or it’s not moving correctly. And it puts pressure on that nerve and stops the nerve from working like it’s supposed to. So sometimes creating pain and symptoms, sometimes creating dysfunction elsewhere in the body. When we’re talking pregnancy specific chiropractic care, we’re also going to be really focused on what’s going on in the pelvis. All of the doctors here in our office are certified in the Webster technique for pregnancy. And that’s the technique that we specifically use for all of the pregnant patients in our office. So we’re going to be also focusing on the alignment and the balance in the pelvis throughout that evaluation. So the first part of the evaluation for a pregnant woman is going to be looking at posture. So posture is considered the window to the spine. And especially during pregnancy, we’re not going to be taking x rays of the spine. So the posture really gives us a good idea of what’s going on in the spine.
Non-Invasive Subluxation Scans
So the next part of the evaluation is our insight subluxation station scans. So the scans are completely non invasive during pregnancy, they are not X ray, they’re not putting anything into the body. They’re just sensing from the body. So they are completely safe to use throughout pregnancy. So they’re going to give us an objective way to measure the function of the nervous system. So the first scan that we will do is our a pair of spinal thermography scan, that one’s going to measure for inflammation in the joints. And then the next scan that we are going to do is our surface EMG scan, where it’s going to measure how the muscles are working that support the spine. So from here, we put together a complete plan for each patient that comes into our office. So that plan is going to include exactly what we would recommend exactly how often we would want to see you and we will also have your insurance verified any benefits that you have verified, so that we can also go over the cost of anything that we recommend for you. As far as treatment goes. The foundation of what we do here is the chiropractic adjustment. So during pregnancy, the way that we do adjustments is we use these pillows here. So these pillows are a dense foam. And in the middle they have a hole that hole is for where where the belly is growing. So initially during pregnancy, we use the beginning of pregnancy we use one pillow as Belly belly and baby grill we can add more pillows there to keep mom comfortable. So I’ll demonstrate part of a chiropractic adjustment here. So we’ll have our patient lying on her stomach and the the main technique that we use during pregnancy, focused on the alignment in the pelvis is called the Webster technique. So we use that for all of our pregnant patients to make sure especially the pelvis is aligned. So first part of that is bringing the feet up to determine where the misalignment is in the pelvis. So based on that check, we’re going to gently correct that alignment. It’s very gentle pressure on mom and some patients are, are find that even that style of adjustment is too forceful. So we also have this tool which is called the activator, it’s even more gentle. And so we can also use that to deliver that adjustment to the pelvis.
Hopefully that gives you a little bit better idea of how Sleigh Family Chiropractic can help you throughout your pregnancy. If you have any questions, drop them below or give the office a call!